@Beltwayinsider

Boycott San Francisco or Boycott The Facts?

December 2nd, 2017

There’s a small, but emotional group of Americans who are upset at the Kate Steinle verdict and are calling for a boycott of San Francisco.

The problem is they’re boycotting the wrong things. The jury that found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of murder, considered the facts and returned with the only verdict they could. San Francisco isn’t their problem. Their problem is in Washington. 

Trump tweeted after the verdict and called for outrage and justice. Of course, this is from a man who is currently obstructing justice and creating outrage. The Attorney General did the same. The Department of Justice wants Zarate transferred to their custody so they can make their Build The Wall case with him as a prop. 

Here’s the facts; Sanctuary cities make us safer by allowing undocumented people, including the millions who have been here since childhood to report crime without the fear of being deported. 

More facts; these millions of workers represent a significant portion of our nation’s GNP, and without their contributions, economic growth would sputter and stall and millions of other jobs would be significantly impacted.

And the most important fact is that these millions of undocumented workers pay taxes, chaise children, contribute to the cultural and spiritual growth of our cities and communities. The Dreamers are 800,000 strong and 94% work or are in school. 0% have a criminal record and most importantly, none of them is Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. 

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. In addition, Chip is an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting, and numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN. He has appeared at over 500 colleges and universities and more than a hundred Fortune 1000 companies as a speaker, comedian, and media consultant. Marc Fisher, senior editor at the Washington Post says, “Chip adds irony to a medium that rarely trusts its audience to get the joke.” He is however, a mediocre dancer.
See more from

Inside the Beltway